Manager Resources




        Quick links to the tools and resources you need in a management role at Cornell.

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Hiring & Exits

Hiring & Onboarding

Hiring Process  A step-by-step guide to preparation, recruitment, interviewing, hiring and onboarding.

Hiring Resources Documents, brochures, and guides to show your recruit or new hire all Cornell has to offer.

Temporary and Contract Staff Guide and resources for temporary staffing.

Welcoming and Orienting Employees - Supervisor's Guide (pdf) Welcome your new staff member with this guide to successful onboarding

New Hire Checklists (pdf) Convenient checklists from the "Welcoming and Orienting Employees - Supervisor's Guide"

Relocation Assistance Program: Relocation services for candidates and new hires

Dual Career Best Practices (pdf): Guide for assisting top candidates who have a spouse or partner who is also seeking employment in the area

Working With and Hiring Minors: Resources compiled by Cornell Office of Risk Management & Insurance

Probationary Review Form: Staff (pdf)

Probationary Review Form: Bargaining Unit (pdf)

Responsibility at Cornell (HR300) All new faculty and staff are required to take this online program (approx.. 45 minutes).


Layoff-Termination  Webpage with guides and resources for when a staff member leaves Cornell.

Respectful Exits: Action Steps for Managers: Checklist to create a positive experience for an employee leaving your team.

Exit Procedures for Staff  Booklet with checklists, templates, and conversation guidance for exiting staff..

Exit Procedures for Remote Staff Booklet with checklists, templates, and conversation guidance for remote staff exits.



Career Support


Engagement & Retention Conversations Toolkit for People Leaders - tips to guide conversations, customizable script samples, conversation starters, notes template, and follow-up questions.

Performance Dialogue

Performance Dialogues: Practical support for the performance management process.


Recognizing and Appreciating Employees: A Toolkit for People Leaders - including  tips on how to build a culture of recognition and appreciation, communication guidance,  and ready-made templates

Staff Recognition: Listing with ideas to celebrate staff excellence.

Cornell Appreciation Portal: Show your appreciation with messages and/or redeemable points.

Flexible Work

Flexible Work Help for managing flexible arrangements that benefit both staff and the university.

Flexible Work Tips

Flexible Work Arrangement - Agreement Form (pdf)

Career Development

Career Development Resources

Career Management Toolkit:  Use this step-by-step guide to work with staff to realize career goals.


Gig Development Opportunities

Staff Training Opportunities  Help your staff take advantage of the many opportunities to improve or learn new skills, and keep up with technology and best practices.


Crisis & Leaves

Crisis Support

Domestic Violence Resources Campus and local resources available to staff and faculty in need of assistance as a result of domestic or intimate partner violence.

Navigating Health Challenges Resources to support staff and faculty who are managing difficult or complex health conditions and crises.

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program Free and confidential guidance and support to benefits-eligible employees and their partners to address issues that may be affecting their personal lives and/or job satisfaction or performance.

Caring Community A central resource where all members of the Cornell community can find help in times of crisis, or support with emotional, physical, social, financial, intellectual, family, or other issues.

SHARE The Sexual Harassment and Assault – Response and Education website shares resources for getting help, as well as reporting and education.

Ombudsman A safe place where community members may discuss problems or issues within the University.

Leaves & Disability

Leaves & Disability What you need to know about leaves of absence, worker’s compensation, and short and long-term disability.

 Accident Report Form

Leaves for Professors and Academic Staff

Disability Accommodations FAQ

Catastrophic Leave Call for Donations Sample Letter (d0c)



Diversity & Inclusion

Cornell Diversity & Inclusion Resources

Colleague Network Groups: Employee affinity groups for Disabilities, LGBTQ+, Men of Color, Women of Color, Veterans, and Young Professionals.

Diversity Resources Be familiar with the numerous resources that are available to support all of our diverse community. 

Belonging at Cornell : University-wide framework designed to continue  progress towards making Cornell a more diverse and inclusive environment.

Inclusive Excellence Academy: Trainings and workshops to support diversity and inclusion at Cornell.

Bias Reporting

Bias Reporting Process

Threatening Communications and External Harassment

Disabilities Resources

Disability Toolkit for Managers Tips, checklists, and resources to help managers lead a disability inclusive workforce.

Accessible Meeting Checklist

Religious Inclusion Resources

Schedule of religious holidays

Religious Accommodations

Veterans/Military Personnel Inclusion Resources

Military Resources

LGBT Resources

Cornell University Transgender Guide to Transitioning  & Gender Affirmation in the Workplace

Lesbian Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center

Guide to Gender-Inclusive Pronouns





Leadership Development Training to enhance leadership skills, including Turning Point, the Harold D. Craft Leadership Program, and Building Teams and Leading Change.

Supervising@Cornell Online training tailored for supervisors at Cornell

Supervisor Development  Training for supervisory and management roles; take courses individually or earn a certificate.

Talent Management Matrix

Organizational and Workforce Development   Support for supervisors and staff to be more effective in achieving goals.

Leading Change  Methodology, tools, and best practices for change leadership at Cornell.

Lean Process Process improvement tool to help teams address workload challenges.

Business Tools A handy list of links from the Division of Financial Affairs to documents, forms, and systems including Procurement, Reporting, and Travel.

IT Security Resources from Cornell’s IT Division for technology best practices and support.